DIY: What You Can Do About Website Accessibility Right Now (With No Design or Dev Skills)

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Making your digital assets accessible involves a commitment on your part.

There are 50 WCAG success criteria (i.e., a checklist of 50 to-do’s) that are highly recommended for web accessibility.

Sometimes checking off a WCAG success criteria is simple and easy and other times it may be arduous and time-consuming (it depends on the asset).

But what is doable if you don’t have the skills of a web designer or web developer?

DIY WCAG Success Criteria

Only very light coding ability is needed to account for these accessibility measures.

Note that a key element of success criterion 1.1.1 (A) Non-text content is providing alt text for images and content editors should be able to address alt text, for the most part.

1.2.1 (A) Audio and Video — Provide a transcript for audio and a transcript or audio description for video.

1.2.2 (A) Captions — Provide descriptive captions for pre-recorded video.

1.2.3 (A) Audio Description — Provide a transcript or audio description for video.

1.2.4 (AA) Live Captions — Provide live captions for formal broadcasts (e.g., webinar).

1.2.5 (AA) Audio Description — Provide audio descriptions for video.

1.3.3 (A) Sensory — Write your instructions that don’t rely on one sense.

1.4.5 (AA) Images of Text — Avoid images of text.

2.4.2 (A) Page Title — Create a unique title for each page.

2.4.4 (A) Link Purpose — Write link anchor text so that the link purpose can be determined.

2.4.6 (AA) Headings and Labels — Write headings and labels so that they are descriptive.

3.1.2 (AA) Language of parts — Anytime the language changes within a page, a new language is assigned.

Of course, this is only a start, but it’s a great start.

Even without the skills of a developer or designer, you can dramatically enhance your website’s accessibility (and lower your chances of receiving a lawsuit or demand letter).

But what about the success criteria that do require a developer and/or designer?

I’ve now updated my WCAG 2.1 AA checklist to include designations for content editors, designers, and developers for all success criteria.

This way you / your organization can much more easily, efficiently, and effectively work down your WCAG to-do list.

You can download my WCAG 2.1 AA checklist for free (no subscription required) at Accessible.org.

Attorney. Author of The ADA Book: https://amzn.to/3lHIyjT (affiliate). https://Accessible.org founder.